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The title character in Carmen is quickly becoming a signature role for this mezzo. She was last seen singing the role in San Diego Opera’s Taste of Opera

performance. Ms. Cutright played the famous gypsy girl with Opera Neo in San

Diego, and the following year with Enid Symphony Orchestra in Oklahoma.

Ashley has a passion for contemporary music. She sang a lead role in the

premiere of Noon at Dusk, with the Kallisti Project in San Diego. She joined

Urban Arias in Washington DC in the lead role of Hannah in the opera, As One,

and reprised the role with Anchorage Opera shortly after. She was a studio artist

with Tulsa Opera, and her assignments included Stephano in Romeo et Juliette,

Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Chief Elder in The Giver, and Catherine Wright

in Shining Brow. In her last season with Tulsa Opera she performed the role of

Mercedes in Carmen; Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby; Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. Ashley was an artist in residence with Opera North where she

performed the role of Cecilia March in Little Women and Alisa in Lucia di

Lammermoor. Ms. Cutright sang with Skylark Opera where she performed the

role of Katisha in The Mikado. Ashley was an artist in residence with Pensacola

Opera where she performed the role of Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and

Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea. Ashley was an apprentice artist with Des

Moines Metro Opera where she sang the role of Sister Mathilde in Dialogues of

the Carmelites; Olga in Eugene Onegin; and performed the role of Papagena

in The Magic Flute with Opera Iowa. Her other opera credits include Zita

in Gianni Schicchi, Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Florence Pike in Albert

Herring, Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Newspaper Woman in Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Lolette in La Rondine, Ellen in Three Sisters, and the role of Katia in the world-premiere of The Singing Violin. Ashley was a finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild Competition and won the encouragement award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition. She was also awarded a grant through the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges. Ms. Cutright holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Manhattan School of Music.

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